Civil Society Mediation in Conflict Resolution

Civil society can play a crucial role in all aspects of conflict resolution, including mediation, and yet they are often not provided with the opportunities to do so within official, government-led peace processes. This working paper examines the suitability of different civil society actors as mediators in conflict resolution both as part of the official process and independently through an exploration traditional mediator characteristics exemplified through case studies of Northern Ireland and Darfur.

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